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Prospect camps getting underway

Wednesday, 06.29.2011 / 3:06 PM / Prospects

Emily Kaplan - Staff Writer

"It's nice to have a year under my belt. It's a great learning experience and it's been a tough first day, but it's been fun. We feel like it's been a month already and it's just been one day, so it's definitely going to be beneficial." -- Ryan Johansen

The 2011 Stanley Cup Champion Boston Bruins will begin the summer by thinking about the future.

The Bruins have announced that 25 prospects -- including defenseman Dougie Hamilton, the No. 9 pick of the 2011 Entry Draft -- are expected to attend the team's development camp, which will take place July 7-11 at Ristuccia Memorial Arena in Wilmington, Mass.

Boston is one of several NHL teams that have announced the dates and locations of their summer development camps.

The Columbus Blue Jackets' development camp started June 28 and runs through July 2, at the Ice Haus, the club's practice rink at Nationwide Arena.

Murphy to lead Canada at World U-18 Championship

Wednesday, 04.06.2011 / 3:10 PM / Prospects

Adam Kimelman - Deputy Managing Editor

Kitchener Rangers defenseman Ryan Murphy, who could be a top-10 pick at the 2011 Entry Draft, was among the 22 players picked by Hockey Canada for the 2011 World Under-18 Championship.

The tournament will be held April 14-24 in Crimmitschau and Dresden, Germany.

The Calgary Hitmen's Mike Williamson will coach the team, with Barrie Colts coach Dale Hawerchuk and Swift Current Broncos coach Mark Lamb serving as assistants.

"As a coaching staff we are looking forward to getting together with the players we have chosen and working towards our goal of a gold medal for Canada," Williamson told Hockey Canada's website. "A number of these players have previous international experience, and that will prove invaluable in Germany."


CSS previews best of next season's draft class

Monday, 04.04.2011 / 12:12 PM / Prospects

Mike G. Morreale - Staff Writer

TORONTO -- Don't expect the gang from NHL Central Scouting to begin scheduling tee times once the final rankings of North American skaters and goaltenders are released next week.
All the end of one season really does is signal the start of another. When asked for their opinion of a few of the top 2012 Entry Draft-eligible prospects, the scouts had no problem dipping into their black books or calling up computer files. It's a never-ending cycle, really.
It gains steam upon completion of the final North American lists -- which will be released April 12.

According to the scouts, there seems to be an abundance of talent and future prospects from each of the five major leagues. Leading that list could be Ryan Murray, a 6-foot, 182-pound defenseman from the Everett Silvertips who already is turning heads in the Western Hockey League.


Biggs, Grimaldi lead USA's run at U-18 three-peat

Wednesday, 03.30.2011 / 1:39 PM / Prospects

Adam Kimelman - Deputy Managing Editor

Two top 2011 Entry Draft prospects who won gold medals at last year's tournament headline the team USA Hockey will send to Germany for the 2011 World Under-18 Championship.

Forwards Tyler Biggs and Rocco Grimaldi are rated among the top 25 North American skaters available for June's draft by NHL Central Scouting in its mid-term rankings.

Biggs, a 6-foot-2, 210-pound right wing, is No. 5 on Central Scouting's list. He was held scoreless in seven games at last year's tournament, but should have a bigger impact this year. Playing with the U.S. National Team Developmental Program's Under-18 team, Biggs is third on the team with 17 goals and fourth with 28 points. His 112 penalty minutes are a team-high.

Grimaldi, his USNTDP teammate, posted team-highs of 34 goals, 28 assists and 62 points. He also had 13 power-play goals and 5 game-winning goals. The 5-6, 163-pound center is No. 25 on Central Scouting's list.

Caps have talented young centers in pipeline

Monday, 01.10.2011 / 11:31 AM / Prospects

Corey Masisak - Staff Writer

WASHINGTON -- For most of the past two seasons, Washington Capitals coach Bruce Boudreau has been in search of a No. 2 center to slot behind Nicklas Backstrom.

After the trade earlier this season for Scott Hannan to sure up the defense corps, finding a solution in the middle of the second line -- internally or through another addition -- is considered the team's biggest need for a potentially long playoff run.

If teams are able to take advantage of Washington's weakness in the middle now, though, they'd better not get used to it. The Capitals have a bevy of young center prospects and the position could be a great strength in the near future.


Best of the 2011 Draft to meet at Prospects Game

Wednesday, 12.22.2010 / 3:30 PM / Prospects

Adam Kimelman - Deputy Managing Editor

The 2011 Home Hardware CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game might be the first time some of these players will skate in an NHL arena, but it certainly won't be the last.

Forty of the best prospects for the 2011 Entry Draft playing in the Canadian Hockey League will take to the ice at Air Canada Centre in Toronto on Jan. 18-19 for this year's Top Prospects Game.

Sean Couturier, Gabriel Landeskog and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins -- NHL Central Scouting's top-rated players in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, Ontario Hockey League and Western Hockey League, respectively, in its preliminary rankings -- top the list of 40 prospects for the 2011 Entry Draft named to this year's game.


Top Draft-eligible Russians lead European contingent for World Junior 'A' Challenge

Wednesday, 10.27.2010 / 10:49 AM / Prospects

Adam Kimelman - Deputy Managing Editor

Defenseman Nikita Nesterov and right wing Maxim Shalunov will lead Team Russia into the next month's World Junior 'A' Challenge.

The event, which also features teams the U.S., Switzerland, Sweden and a pair from Canada, will take place Nov. 8-14 in Penticton, B.C.

Shalunov, a 6-foot-3, 185 pound forward, is scoreless in three games with Traktor Chelyabinsk in the KHL. He's also played for Chelyabinsk's top junior team, Belye Medvedi, where he has 7 goals and 12 points in nine games.

Nesterov, a 6-foot, 183-pound defenseman, plays with Shalunov with Chelyabinsk's KHL and junior team.


Hyman to lead Canada East at Junior 'A' Challenge

Tuesday, 10.26.2010 / 12:01 PM / Prospects

Adam Kimelman - Deputy Managing Editor

Zach Hyman, a center selected by the Florida Panthers in the fifth round of the 2010 Entry Draft, highlights Canada East's roster for the World Junior 'A' Challenge, to be held Nov. 8-14 in Penticton, B.C.

Players selected come from the Ontario Junior Hockey League, Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League, Central Hockey League, Ligue de hockey junior AAA du Quebec and Maritime Hockey League.

Todd Gill, who spent 19 seasons in the NHL, will coach the team. He currently coaches Brockville in the CHL.


Trio of '10 picks to lead Canada West at tourney

Monday, 10.25.2010 / 5:44 PM / Prospects

Mike G. Morreale - Staff Writer

Three players selected at the 2010 Entry Draft will headline the 22-player roster for Canada West at the 2010 World Junior 'A' Challenge in Penticton, B.C., next month.

Canada West, one of two Canadian teams competing in the six-team tournament slated for Nov. 8-14 at the South Okanagan Events Centre, has appeared in the gold-medal game at all four previous World Junior 'A' Challenges. The club has settled for silver medals the last two years after winning gold in the first two events.

The Canada West roster includes 2010 draftees defenseman Benjamin Gallacher (Panthers, fourth round), right wing Mark MacMillan (Canadiens, fourth round) and center Brendan O'Donnell (Lightning, sixth round). Gallacher and O'Donnell are also two of seven returnees from last year's tournament, along with Clarke Breitkreuz, Madison Dias, Grayson Downing, Joey Laleggia and Ryan Marshall.

Ambroz, '10 picks to lead U.S. at Junior 'A' tourney

Monday, 10.25.2010 / 12:59 PM / Prospects

Mike G. Morreale - Staff Writer

Six players chosen in the 2010 Entry Draft will make up the 22-player roster for the U.S. Junior Select Team that hopes to defend its title at the World Junior 'A' Challenge in Penticton, B.C., next month.

All of the players selected to the team currently are competing in the United States Hockey League, the nation's only Tier 1 junior hockey league. P.K. O'Handley, coach and general manager of the USHL's Waterloo Black Hawks, will serve as coach.

The list includes Sioux City right wing Max Gaede, a third-round pick of the Sharks; Fargo center James Mullin, a fourth-round pick of the Lightning; Sioux City center Caleb Herbert, who was taken in the fifth round by the Capitals; Cedar Rapids right wing Michael Parks, a fifth-round pick of the Flyers; Fargo goaltender Zane Gothberg, a sixth-round pick of the Bruins; and Indiana defenseman Nick Mattson, a sixth-round pick of the Blackhawks.

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Quote of the Day

I look forward to the process, the battle, the pain, the fun, the journey.  It's going to be a long one but it's going to be a lot of fun. If you think there is no pain coming, there is pain coming.

— Mike Babcock, introduced as coach of the Toronto on Thursday, had a warning for fans